Thomas enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. He served with the 7th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry from
1862-1865. Thomas' older brothers William R. and James W. fought for the Confederacy from Arkansas. Thomas was captured
at Union City, Tennessee in 1864 and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia. While he was there he saw many of the men
in his company die because of disease and filthy living conditions. His cousin William Norwood was one of the men that
did not make it home.
After the war, Thomas went back to farming, which he would do for the rest of his life. Except for the time during the
war and a visit to Illinois and Arkansas he lived in Carroll County. While in Illinois he gave an affidavit concerning
the death of James Kilbreath at Andersonville Prison. It's not known if he made a special trip to Illinois to give his
story. His account of James' misery was one of hundreds he saw.
Although he was a farmer, Thomas didn't own any land until 1886. Until then he had lived on his father's property. The
section of his father's land he lived on was part of a lawsuit between his father and James J. Pinkston in 1871.
Thomas continued his association with former Civil War veterans well after the war was over. In 1889 he joined the
local post of the Grand Army of the Republic.5 2 6 7 8 9 10 11
- Death Certificate for Thomas J. Norwood, , File No. 4697, Tennessee State Board of Health
- Thomas J. Norwood's Last Will & Testament
- Tennessee Republican, Huntingdon, Tennessee, Friday, April 14, 1933
- County Marriage Record, Thos Norwood-Elizabeth Pinkston
- Thomas Norwood's Affidavit for Mary Kilbreath
- Thomas J. Norwood's Civil War Service Record
- Roster - Isaac R. Hawkins Post - Grand Army of the Republic
- Thomas J. Norwood's Pension File
- The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service
- Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
- Presidential Memorial Certificate